There is technological boom in every kind of sports whether take it cricket and football. Amid such advancement how internationally acclaimed sport of tennis can be left behind! Well, the sport of tennis is also becoming tech-savvy with the advent of some new and exciting gadgets and wearables. These gadgets are not only perfecting the games of professionals but also are benefitting amateurs and part-time tennis enthusiasts. We try to enlist some of the state – of – art tennis gadgets and kits which have been developed to improvise the tennis player’s game.
- Babolat’s Rackets:
The Babolat’s racket comes with built-in sensors which can be connected to a mobile based app in order to record the details of the players’ performance. Inside the grip of each Babolat’s racket, the player can find an accelerator, gyroscope and Piezoelectric sensor. The accelerometer calculates the direction of the racket while gyroscope measures its rotation. With the help of Ball impact locator feature, the Piezoelectric sensor informs you the ”Sweet spot” of the racket by analyzing the vibration of the racket. It would be fascinating for the players to check how well they have played while playing their individual strokes including forehands, backhands, serves and smashes. They can also meet more precision by calculating used power, spin and proficiency of their shot. Based on futuristic concept of “Internet of things”, the racket provides a perfect example of an IoT model which is connected to everything around us.
At present there are three rackets in the range:
- Babolat Play Pure Drive
- Babolat Aero Pro Drive
- Babolat Pure Drive Lite
- Zepp Tennis 2:
One can use this tiny device sensor Zepp2, which can be used at end of any racket in order to measure the exact performance metrics on the court.
With an upgraded version of Zepp1, the new Zepp2 offers a highlight camera, additional performance metrics and enhanced social features. The new version also retains features like longer battery life, quick charging attribute.
One can attach Zepp 2 in three different ways and it can send 1000 data points per second which can be accessed on the EMERGENCE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE COURT OF TENNIS There is technological boom in every kind of sports whether take it cricket and football. Amid such advancement how internationally acclaimed sport of tennis can be left behind! Well, the sport of tennis is also becoming tech-savvy with the advent of some new and exciting gadgets and wearables. These gadgets are not only perfecting the games of professionals but also are benefitting amateurs and part-time tennis enthusiasts. We try to enlist some of the state – of – art tennis gadgets and kits which have been developed to improvise the tennis player’s game. 19 FEBRUARY 2019 VOL 01 l ISSUE 02 | SPORTZ BUSINESS INSIGHT FOCUS smartphone via Bluetooth. Once being attached to the racket, the device can track different shot selection of a player including forehands, Backhands, serves and smashes along data about how much data being generated while placing the shot in the court. The statistics recorded by the sensor can later be analyzed to see how many shots were hit from sweet spot of the racket. Zepp 2 also empowers those who want to upload their videos while playing as it has some really cool video editing tools.
Featured with HD Recording cameras, Line Calling and Stats analysis In/Out has been playing a great role in almost stopping erratic controversies in the tennis court over the landing of balls in or out of the court line. Quite efficient, the GoPro kind device can be easily fastened to any tennis court and within no time it starts detecting which side of the line ball lands. The In/Out Device also comes with a handy feature of replaying what it records so that players can themselves decide winner of the point. The most fascinating feature of the device is its high-resolution video recording in 1080p which clears all clutter around the actual landing of the ball ending much controversial decision.
- Babolat Pop:
Babolat pop is world first wrist ban which can be connected to a smartphone app and can record data. The neoprene made wrist band, Babolat Pop was created in 2015 in collaboration with a French tech outfit company PIQ. One can simply wear this band on his or her regular playing hand to track the game. The Wristband collects data about player’s performance including forehand, backhands, smashes, volley, shots PIQ Score best Rally and Rate (Shots/ Minute). The unique scoring system of PIQ rates your swing speed, spin and style in to one number which you can use to tap your own game.
5. Qlipp Plus:
Qlipp is the one of the lightest sensors available in the market. Being one of the lightest tennis racket sensors available in the market, Qlipp can be attached to any racket. At the time of hitting to the court all you need to turn on the sensor and connect to your smartphone Bluetooth and launch the connecting app. The sensor device is designed in such a way to measure player’s stroke including forehand, backhand and serve as well as the speed of the ball (assuming the racket head speed). It also tells the player with what accuracy he or she has shot the ball by tapping racket’s sweet spot. Perfectly working as an oncourt coach, the device allows you review your game session by watching the game in slow motion (if you have switched on the video mode). Besides, you can even set the device track the stats during the game. Making more convenience to the user, it can also be sync with Qlipp Apple Watch App
Now the last but not the least, there are a few scientists researching at Australia based the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) who said that they have developed an algorithm that can predict the direction of a shot made by tennis player beforehand. This can be said as a revolutionary development in the history of Tennis which will definitely be very useful for the virtual reality games. The researchers have worked diligently over the collected data using Hawk-Eye data from the 2012 Australian Tennis Open, provided by Tennis Australia. In order to accomplish the research, the researchers have used several shots selections of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer. The research methodology however is still in the lab; it can predict about 1000 shots just in 30 seconds. The algorithm works on the application of Artificial intelligence and is named as Semi Supervised Generative Adversarial Network architecture and is yet to be launched officially.